Best kettles: 9 electric and stove top buys for all budgets

Buying the best kettle for your new kitchen? We've tried and tested a huge range, and these are our top favourites on performance, style and price

Best kettle: Le’Xpress Copper Finish 1.4 Litre Whistling Kettle
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On the hunt for the best kettle to see you through the next decade? Those with a taste for hot drinks (aka most of us Brits) will understand that buying an energy-saving option that's durable and looks good on your kitchen worktop is as good as essential. And, if you cook a lot of rice and pasta for your family, finding a model that can hold plenty of water and boil quickly will shave minutes off making dinner.

Our top picks below don't just include the latest in smart kettle technology, many also come in a range of on-trend metallic finishes, and are part of a co-ordinating small appliance range so you can buy a matching toaster to create a sleek look!

You can find more of the best kitchen appliances at our appliances hub page. Otherwise, keep scrolling for our top picks or head to the end of the guide to see how to buy the best kettle.

What is the best kettle?

We applaud the 7 Series Digital Kettle from AEG, as it has fantastic energy saving features including a keep warm function – so no need to re-boil – along with variable temperature settings.

These are the rest of our top picks and retailers, below. Keep scrolling for the full reviews.

  • Best kettle: 7 Series Digital Kettle from AEG
  • Best smart kettle: Smarter iKettle
  • Best stainless steel kettle: Dualit Classic kettle
  • Best kettle for hard water: SMEG KLF03
  • Best family kettle: KENWOOD ZJM810 Mesmerine Kettle
  • Best value kettle: Morphy Richards Accents Kettle
  • Best fast boiling kettle: Russell Hobbs Inspire Kettle
  • Best kettle with filter: Russell Hobbs 20760-10 BRITA Filter Purity Glass Kettle
  • Best stove top kettle: Alessi Tea Rex hob kettle with dragon whistle

The best kettles to buy right now

Best kettle: AEG EWA7800-U 7 series Digital Kettle

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1. AEG EWA7800-U 7 Series Digital Kettle

Best kettle: boil water to your preferred temperature with this luxury digital design, which includes energy saving features

Capacity: 1.7ltrs
Finish: Stainless steel
Dimensions: H23.8cm x W21cm x D16cm
Reasons to buy
+One cup turbo function+Variable temperature control+Never boils dry+Boils water to your preferred temperature+Is easy to use with digital control and LCD display+Even has a coffee temperature pre-set
Reasons to avoid
-Some complain that the LCD display flickers on occasion-Others say the lid can be hard to open

This AEG EWA7800-U 7 Series digital kettle is a fantastic all-rounder, as it gives you full control of your tea’s temperature. Perfect for a builder’s brew as well as more delicate herbal infusions. It has a real-time temperature indicator and will boil enough for one cuppa in less than a minute thanks to the nifty turbo feature; ideal for when you’re in a hurry. It also includes boil-dry protection and has a large capacity that can fill a pan of water for pasta or rice.

Adjustable temperature
There are eight settings, all programmable, so you can make tea or coffee just the way you want. Some brews taste better with a cooler temperature so with this digital kettle, you’re in control.

Tea connoisseurs will love this kettle, as it also incorporates three different settings for tea. Oolong is set at 90ºC, white tea at 85ºC and green tea at 80ºC, all at the touch of a button.

Keep warm
And if you’re not quite ready for your brew just yet, this model comes with a Keep Warm function that will maintain the water’s temperature for 40 minutes. This not only saves time but also energy too, as the kettle won’t need to be turned on again to re-boil.

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Best smart kettle: Smarter iKETTLE

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2. Smarter iKETTLE

Best smart kettle: now you can switch the kettle on from the comfort of your own sofa thanks to this smart high-tech design

Capacity: 1.8ltrs
Finish: Silver
Dimensions: H27.4cm x W21cm x D15.4cm
Reasons to buy
+Allows you to remotely boil the kettle using the app+You can customise its settings+Even connects to Amazon Alexa for hands-free control+Takes care of the high-tech stuff+Has an adjustable temperature between 20˚C-100˚C+Saves energy
Reasons to avoid
-Really pricey for a kettle, even if it is app controlled-Some may find it too complicated-Others prefer not to have smart tech for all their appliances

For those who love their gadgets and smart appliances, this one’s for you. The Smarter iKettle can be switched on remotely using the Smarter app and it can even be linked to Amazon Alexa too, for voice control. The app can also be used to customise its settings, with alarms and prompts such as wake up calls and home options for when you get back after a hard day. 

Time saving
With the iKettle, there’s no more standing around in the kitchen waiting for the kettle to boil. Thanks so its smart functionality, you can switch it on from anywhere via the iOS or Android app or use voice control with Amazon Alexa, IFTTT or Nest. It also uses the latest Blink-Up technology to ensure the 4G connection is totally secure and you can even re-order tea or coffee using the in-app replenishment feature.

Water temperature
This is customisable so you can select the right temperature to suit your preferred cuppa. Choose between 20ºC to 100ºC and the water level sensor tells you exactly how much water is in the kettle too, so you know instantly how many cups it can make.

Formula mode
A great feature for new parents, the built-in formula mode makes night feeds easier. It can be connected to a Nest cam with IFTTT and will boil the kettle then tell you when it’s at the right temperature. You can even schedule it to boil water at your wake up time or when you arrive home.

Best stainless steel kettle: Dualit classic kettle

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3. Dualit Classic Kettle

Best stainless steel kettle: this iconic design will look great on your worktop

Capacity: 1.7ltrs
Finish: Evergreen
Dimensions: H28.8cm x W15.4cm x D23.5cm
Reasons to buy
+Quiet, ideal for a late-night cuppa when everyone else is asleep+A replaceable element lengthens its lifespan+Comes in a selection of other finishes+Boils water quickly+Has a large capacity+Brings that luxe look to the kitchen
Reasons to avoid
-Pretty expensive-A lot of money for the features it offers

This Dualit Classic kettle is a keeper. In one of four new colours launched this summer (also comes in Dessert, Eucalyptus and Limestone), the Evergreen version is part of the Naturals collection and is also available as a matching toaster. The dark, inky green shade was inspired by the need to fill our homes with greenery all year round. It has a superfast 3kW element for speedy boiling, which saves energy, and also boasts WhisperBoil™ to reduce noise while in use.

Quiet Mark
The quietest kettle that Dualit offers, it’s been awarded the Quiet Mark, which means that the Noise Abatement Society has recognised that it’s ultra quiet to use. This makes Dualit’s Classic design a must for those who like to get up for a cuppa late at night or very early in the morning, including new parents with night-time feeds.

Repairable element
Built to last, even though this kettle is quite costly, you know you’ll be getting quality. Its patented replaceable element keeps your kettle going for longer.

British made
We love Dualit as products are designed and engineered in the UK, which just adds to its appeal.

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Best kettle for hard water: Smeg KLF03

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4. Smeg KLF03

Best kettle for hard water: stylish and functional

Capacity: 1.7ltrs
Finish: Gold or Rose Gold
Dimensions: H24.8cm x W22.6cm x D17.1cm
Reasons to buy
+The luxe look that’s right on trend+A soft open lid that prevents it popping open unannounced+You can place it anywhere thanks to its swivel base, ideal for awkward corners+Offers dry boil protection that stops any damage if you forget to fill up+Allows for easy pouring thanks to its cordless base
Reasons to avoid
-There’s no rapid boil-Very expensive-Lack of smart or energy saving features

Bring some bling to kitchen worktops with Smeg’s latest offering, the luxury KLF03 kettle, which comes in a Rose Gold finish exclusive to its London store and Currys and a Gold finish, which is available nationwide. The large capacity is big enough to make seven cups with added features including a soft-opening lid, 360 degree swivel base, automatic shut off at 100ºC and a removable, washable limescale filter.

Retro styling
Known and loved for their retro fifties look, Smeg appliances look so effortlessly cool and this kettle’s no different. Also available in nine colours, these new metallic finishes just ooze luxury chic.

Large capacity
Ideal for families and those who love to entertain, the large 1.7ltr capacity will boil seven cups. The 360ºC swivel base also makes it easy to use all around the kitchen.

Limescale free
Put an end to limescale build up with the removable, washable stainless steel filter and concealed heating element.

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Best family kettle: Kenwood ZJM810 Mesmerine Kettle

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5. Kenwood ZJM810 Mesmerine Kettle

Best family kettle: check out the eye-catching jewel-like pattern, which has been awarded a Red Dot Design Award for 2019

Capacity: 1.6ltrs
Finish: Stardust Black, Pearl White, Marine Blue, Burned Orange, Deep Red or Rich Plum
Dimensions: H25cm x W18cm x D24cm
Reasons to buy
+Smooth to touch, making it easy to clean+Unique textured finish+Good choice of colours+Pours perfectly thanks to its easy pour spout+Lid pulls off so easy to clean inside+Easy grip handle ideal for all abilities
Reasons to avoid
-No energy saving features-Lack of smart functionality

The new Kenwood ZJM810 Mesmerine kettle comes in six eye-catching colours and it’s already been awarded the Red Dot Design Award 2019. We love its modern textured finish and choice of shades to suit both classic and contemporary kitchens.

Unique texture
Rather than choosing a plain coloured design, Kenwood’s latest offering gives you something different by teaming a variety of colour choices with a textured pattern finish. Plus, it’s smooth to the touch so easy to wipe down for a quick clean.

Easy cleaning
The mesh filter is removable, trapping limescale and making it easy to clean afterwards. It also has a pull off lid that makes it simple to clean inside the kettle itself.

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Best value kettle: Morphy Richards Accents Kettle

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6. Morphy Richards Accents Kettle

Best value kettle: this design blends classic styling with a modern edge

Capacity: 1.5ltrs
Finish: Midnight Blue and Rose Gold
Dimensions: H27.5cm x W26.5cm x D26.5cm
Reasons to buy
+A traditional looking pyramid kettle with a contemporary twist+360˚ cordless base+Rapid boil+Provides enough hot water for single or two-person households+Saves energy thanks to its speedy boil feature+Helps prevent limescale with a removable filter
Reasons to avoid
-Smaller capacity than other models-No illumination in water gauge

We love the sleek design of this updated version of Morphy Richards’ Accents kettle, which now comes in an on-trend dark blue and rose gold mix. Perfect for classic or modern kitchen schemes, it’s smaller than other kettles so it may not be the best option for larger families.

A better option for smaller households perhaps, this Morphy Richards pyramid kettle can make up to six cups at one time.

Cord storage
Keep the worktop neat and tidy at all times with cord storage while the 360˚ base is suitable for left or right handed use

Removable filter
Stop limescale getting into your cuppa with a removable filter that can be easily cleaned.

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Best fast boiling kettle: Russell Hobbs Inspire Kettle

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7. Russell Hobbs Inspire Kettle

Best fast boiling kettle: an energy saving and fast boiling kettle

Capacity: 1.7ltrs
Finish: White
Dimensions: H26.6cm x W23.5cm x D15.8cm
Reasons to buy
+Saves time thanks to its Rapid Boil function+Also saves energy using the same feature+Creates a streamlined flow of water
Reasons to avoid
-No smart functions-Not a wide choice in colours

You can boil one cup of water in just 45 seconds with Russell Hobbs’ Inspire kettle. This not only saves energy but also saves you time and money too. It comes in white, black or red and is a great affordable option that’s small on price yet big on style.

Perfect pour
For a streamlined flow of water every time, this model has a special spout designed for the very purpose.

Rapid boil
Get your coffee or tea fix in less than 45 seconds thanks to this speedy rapid boil feature.

Energy saving
Save up to 66% in energy when boiling one cup compared to one litre.

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Best kettle with filter: Russell Hobbs 20760-10 BRITA Filter Purity Glass Kettle

8. Russell Hobbs 20760-10 BRITA Filter Purity Glass Kettle

Best kettle with filter: this glass kettle filters your water before boiling

Capacity: 1.5ltrs
Finish: Glass, blue light when on
Dimensions: H15cm x W21.8cm
Reasons to buy
+BRITA water filter inside+FREE BRITA MAXTRA+ filter included+One cup feature for less water waste+Cartridge replacement reminder+Can be used by left handed people too+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Some may not like the glass effect

On the hunt for a futuristic looking kettle? This glass Russell Hobbs 20760-10 BRITA Filter Purity Glass Kettle will do the trick. 

With 3KW of power behind it to deliver you a hot beverage as quickly as possible, this kettle lights up blue when boiling. 

Built-in filter
Inside, there's a BRITA water filter to reduce limescale and chlorine, prolonging the kettle's life and making your drinks taste better. The filter cartridge does need to be changed every so often, however, the kettle has a built-in indicator to remind you when it's time. 

The boiling water capacity is one litre, plenty for four cups' worth, and it also an extremely handy one cup feature to help you be more energy efficient.

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 Best stove top kettle: Alessi Tea rex hob kettle with dragon whistle

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9. Alessi Tea Rex hob kettle with dragon whistle

Best stove top kettle: featuring an updated iconic design, this kettle has a dragon whistle

Capacity: 200cl
Finish: Mirror polished stainless steel
Dimensions: H22.5 x W22cm
Reasons to buy
+Compatible with all hobs including induction+Designer style+Instant wow factor
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t hold much water

The Alessi Tea Rex hob kettle is our pick of the best stove top kettles you can buy, and for good reason, too.

Designed by Michael Graves for Alessi and made from 18/10 stainless steel, this eye-catching kettle has a cute whistle for a fun finish. 

What we love about it
It’s said to be a good luck charm and was created to mark the 30th anniversary of the original Alessi Bird design. We love its iconic look and the fact that it’s not overly loud when boiling. It's also compatible with all hobs. 

What we’re not keen on
Since it only has a capacity of 200cl, it’s probably not the best option when you’re expecting a crowd for tea as you’ll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen.

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How to buy the best kettle

Energy saving
We all want to do our bit for the environment and saving energy also cuts down on the bills too – win win for everyone. Look for kettles with specific energy-reducing features and functions such as rapid boil, digital control and variable temperature to ensure you don’t needlessly over-boil.

Smart tech
Practically every appliance in the home is now available in a smart version for those who love their tech. Even kettle manufacturers have got in on the act, with models that can be operated via an app on your smartphone or tablet as well as being voice controlled for hands-free switch on. So now you can turn the kettle on without leaving the sofa or on your way home from work when you fancy a brew. Of course you’ll still have to get up to actually make it and bring it back but who knows what the future holds!

On-trend finish
Investing in a new kettle (and maybe a matching toaster too) is a great way of sprucing up kitchen worktops. These designs come in everything from rose gold to jewel-like patterns so you’re not only getting the very latest technology but you’re also gaining the hottest new looks.

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